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Lorinna Lombardi, Lori Lombardi, ophthalmology, cataract, dry eyes, vision, glaucoma, diabetic eye exam, eyes, eyelids, eye doctor, glasses
Do I need to have my eyes dilated?

Dilation allows us to get a better view of the inside of your eyes, helping to detect eye diseases and conditions early, often before symptoms appear.


How often should I have my eyes dilated? 

Typically, dilation is recommended every one to two years for adults, but the frequency may vary depending on your age and eye health.  Patients with diabetes should have their eyes examined yearly at a minimum.


Does dilation affect my vision temporarily?

Yes, dilation temporarily makes your vision more light-sensitive and blurry up close. It's advisable to bring sunglasses for comfort afterward.


How long will an eye exam take? 

The duration of an eye exam can vary depending on various factors, including the type of exam, the complexity of your eye health, and the specific tests conducted. However, a complete comprehensive eye exam typically takes around 60 minutes. If additional tests or procedures are required, it may take 90+ minutes.  Surgical consultations can take 90-120 minutes.  It's a good idea to inquire with your eye care provider about the expected duration when scheduling your appointment.

Do I need a driver?  

Some patients find it difficult to drive immediately after having your eyes dilated. It's safer to arrange for someone to drive you home after your eye exam or dilation.


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